Top PSP Racing Games of All Time

The PSP had its faults, and didn’t enjoy the kind of support lavished upon its rival, the DS. But one area in which the PSP held its own was racing. Out of the two machines, the PSP had the guts to deliver a proper driving experience, with its PS2 quality hardware, massive 16:9 screen and analogue thumb nub.

Many great racing franchises graced the PSP with full-fat handheld versions of their home console entries. It had two Burnout games, two Wipeout games, two Ridge Racers and a Gran Turismo, as well as a whole host of others, making it the handheld for racing, despite the existence of Mario Kart on the other side. Even Midnight Club made it onto the pint-sized PlayStation. What a marvel.

So rev up your engines and slam the pedal to the metal, and other driving cliches, because this here is the definitive list of the best PSP racing games of all time, and you can still play them on your Vita, so there’s no excuse.

Burnout, mate. BURNOUT.

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  • 20.

    ToCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator

    If you prefer your racing action technical rather than thrilling, and if you can tell a stock car from a supercar, there's plenty of fun to be had here If there are only seven basic types of joke, and if the whole of literary... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2, PSP

  • 19.

    Capcom Classics Collection Remixed

    If you fancy a nostalgia fix, you can't go wrong with Capcom Classics Collection Remixed. If you've been waiting for a collection of classic Capcom games to play on your PSP, wait no more. Capcom Classics Collection Remixed... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 18.

    F1 06

    Formula One fans don't have a better console alternative to Sony's latest effort, and while it's by no means a perfect recreation of the sport, it does a lot of things very well. Formula One has changed a bit since I watched... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2, PSP

  • 17.

    Ridge Racer 2

    If nine new tracks seems like good value to you, you won't be disappointed, as the core gameplay is as entertaining as ever, but don't say you weren't warned. When is a sequel not a sequel? Yearly rehashes might sound like... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 16.


    MotoGP is a real no frills game for the PSP, but it offers a solid racing experience and is different to the majority of racing games available for the system. The PSP is such a hard handheld to love. On one hand it's got... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 15.

    Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded

    All in all, this is a collection chock full of largely great games and, at its budget price, a must buy for any discerning retro head. It's official, I must have had superpowers in the late '80s and early '90s. How else could... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 14.

    Burnout Dominator

    If you're after more Burnout on the PSP then this is well worth adding to your collection, but on the PS2 Burnout Revenge is by far the better option. The Burnout series of games must be one of the most impressive of the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2, PSP

  • 13.

    SBK '07: Superbike World Championship

    As the first game in a new series SBK '07 is a solid effort, but work needs to be done if superbikes are going to become a prominent fixture in the gaming calendar. The Superbike series hasn't seen a video game since the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 12.

    Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights

    If you like cars, you like girls with big boobies and you like to slide round corners rather than taking a proper racing line like a grown-up driver, then this is definitely the game for you. Edelbrock, Comptech, Tein, Spax,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 11.

    Formula 1 2009

    F1 2009 on the PSP is a fun game, with an impressive sense of speed and the official licence fans want, but there are undoubtedly better racers on the PSP. While Xbox 360, PS3 and PC gamers have to wait until 2010 to get... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 10.

    Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition

    Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition is unashamedly an all out arcade racer, and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that. It might not offer the depth of some games, but few games deliver the same thrill. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox, PS2, PSP

  • 9.

    Wipeout Pure

    Racing games aren't exactly in short supply at the launch of the PSP, so a game has to have something special to stand out in a packed crowd - Wipeout Pure has that something. There was a time when futuristic spacecraft racing... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 8.


    GripShift doesn't have the brand recognition appeal of a number of other recent PSP releases, but it's one of the best games currently available for the system. A quick glance at the box art and you may instantly dismiss... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 7.

    SEGA Mega Drive Collection

    While there are plenty of other retro compilations out there vying for your business, Sega Mega Drive Collection arguably offers the most value for money. There might be 30 games crammed onto this one UMD disc but, for me,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 6.

    WipEout Pulse

    Wipeout Pulse is more of the same, but the new additions, primarily in the shape of online play, mean this is essential for Wipeout fans and adrenaline junkies. Wipeout has been around for so long now that a new game in the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 5.

    MotorStorm: Arctic Edge

    Arctic Edge is a great achievement on the PSP. The Arctic setting makes for some great track design and incredible visuals, but there's just something holding the game back from being a true classic. MotorStorm isn't exactly... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 4.

    Ridge Racer

    If you haven't liked any previous games in the series then you won't think much of Ridge Racer, but anyone else should put this at the top of their list come September 1st. A PlayStation launch wouldn't be complete without... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 3.

    Burnout Legends

    As a game to pick up and play every now and again or to play with friends, Burnout Legends can't be beaten on the PSP. Burnout is coming at us on multiple fronts this year. Not only is there Burnout Revenge on PlayStation... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 2.

    OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast

    If the idea of powersliding brings about even the slightest tingle of excitement in you, OutRun 2006 needs to be in your collection - the version you choose is up to you. It's strange how certain games are tied to a system... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2, Xbox, PSP

  • 1.

    Gran Turismo PSP

    This is Gran Turismo as you remember it but on a handheld. Buy it, spend hours earning credits and buying cars, and try to overlook the glaring omissions without shedding a small tear. I had a strange moment while playing... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP